Maurice Sendak teaches Stephen Colbert how to write a children’s book.

Oddly, I’m writing about Maurice Sendak twice in one month. But dude deserves it.

I guess he’s having his Betty White moment. Whatever the case, I’ll take any gem or pearl this wild thing has to offer.

Please allow yourself both parts of Sendak’s recent appearance on the Colbert Report, where genius of another type Stephen Colbert provides a great match to Sendak’s deadpan spin on life and writing…

Part 1

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 1
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Part 2

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 2
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Where Maurice Sendak’s Wild Things Are.

Loved this interview with Maurice Sendak, author/illustrator galore. Dude’s got attitude, like little Max.

“Herman Melville said that artists have to take a dive… and either you hit your head on a rock and you split your skull and you die, OR, that blow to the head was so inspiring you come back up and do the greatest work you ever did. BUT you have to take the dive.”

Best line:

“People say, why didn’t you do Wild Things II? Wild Things I was such a success… Go to hell. Go to hell. I’m not a whore. I don’t do those things.”

You got it, Maurice.

H/t Ahoova